Pot Legalization Hits an Unlikely Snag: ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

The addition of psilocybin mushrooms to a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession threw a monkey wrench into New Jersey’s legalization effort.

#constitutional-amendments, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mushrooms, #new-jersey, #referendums, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #scutari-nicholas

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Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

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Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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A Big Win for Democrats in California Came With a Gut Check for Liberals

Joe Biden received one of the highest margins in the nation in California, but a look at how the state’s ballot measures were decided shows a more complex picture of the electorate.

#affirmative-action, #california, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #referendums, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Make Puerto Rico a State Now

With a historic vote, its people staked their claim to statehood.

#house-of-representatives, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states

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What We Know About Election Results in California

Wednesday: Joe Biden definitely won California, as expected. Here’s what else happened on Election Day.

#california, #presidential-election-of-2020, #referendums

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Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, putting pressure on neighboring states like New York.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #budgets-and-budgeting, #constitutional-amendments, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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Taxes, Heroin and Statehood: A Glimpse Into This Year’s Ballot Measures

The coronavirus pandemic has put a dent in the signature-gathering process, but voters still managed to put forward dozens of measures nationwide.

#law-and-legislation, #referendums, #taxation

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New Zealand Voters Approve Euthanasia but Reject Recreational Marijuana

Proponents of legalizing cannabis voiced anger at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who revealed only after the referendum that she supported it.

#ardern-jacinda, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #marijuana, #new-zealand, #referendums

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The Problems with Prop 24 and California’s Internet Privacy Law

An update to California’s groundbreaking privacy law falls short.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #attorneys-general, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #electronic-frontier-foundation, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #referendums, #steyer-james-p

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Vote for Progressive Taxation in California, Illinois and Arizona

The people of Illinois, Arizona and California have a chance to make the distribution of state taxation a little more fair.

#arizona, #california, #illinois, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #real-estate-commercial, #referendums, #taxation

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Californians, Vote Yes on Prop 16

Banning any consideration of race, gender or ethnicity in public university admissions and public contracting was a mistake with big consequences.

#black-people, #california, #discrimination, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #referendums, #university-of-california

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California Tax Revolt Faces a Retreat, 40 Years Later

Proposition 13 in 1978 curbed property tax increases. Now voters may strip protection for commercial buildings, helping hard-hit local budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarvis-howard-1903-86, #landlords, #local-government, #political-advertising, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #referendums, #small-business

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‘An End to the Chapter of Dictatorship’: Chileans Vote to Draft a New Constitution

Voters overwhelmingly approved a bid to scrap the charter inherited from Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, a move that could set a new course for the country.

#chile, #constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #referendums

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Will Chile Set an Example for True Democracy?

Pinochet’s Constitution needs an overhaul, but the process is not without risks.

#chile, #constitutions, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #referendums

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Should N.J. Legalize Marijuana? The Voters Will Decide

A question on November’s ballot asks residents if they support changing the state Constitution to allow recreational use of the drug.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #constitutional-amendments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

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Switzerland Votes to Approve Paternity Leave

Fathers will be allowed 10 days of paid time off after voters endorsed a new law despite a conservative backlash that forced a referendum.

#family-leaves, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #switzerland

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Swiss to Vote on Paternity Leave: Nice to Have or Essential?

The fate of a law mandating two weeks of paid leave for fathers will be decided at the polls after a conservative backlash forced a referendum.

#family-leaves, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #switzerland

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Chile’s Largest Indigenous Group Sees Opportunity in a New Constitution

Chile’s Mapuche have long demanded official recognition of their culture and of their claims to ancestral lands. A referendum over a new Constitution provides them a chance to be included.

#catrillanca-camilo, #chile, #constitutions, #indigenous-people, #pinera-sebastian, #referendums

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A Detailed Look at the Downside of California’s Ban on Affirmative Action

Ending racial preferences in a state university system harmed Black and Hispanic students while doing little to lift whites and Asian-Americans, a study asserts.

#affirmative-action, #black-people, #california, #colleges-and-universities, #hispanic-americans, #referendums, #research, #university-of-california

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Supreme Court Won’t Ease Oregon’s Referendum Rules During the Pandemic

The court’s order in effect blocked a ballot measure intended to address partisan gerrymandering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #oregon, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us

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How Progressives Flipped the Script on Medicaid Expansion

Missouri is the latest state where ballot initiatives took the issue directly to voters, bypassing Republican leaders.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #missouri, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #referendums, #states-us

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Putin Orchestrates Russia Referendum to Keep Him in Power

Russia’s constitutional “referendum” delivered its expected outcome — President Putin can serve until 2036 — but an elaborate spectacle of public affirmation was vital to his legitimacy.

#constitutional-amendments, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #russia, #term-limits-political-office

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Republican Leaders Want to End Obamacare. Their Voters Are Expanding It.

Oklahoma is the latest state where voters, in choosing to expand Medicaid, have delivered a rebuke to their elected officials.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicaid, #oklahoma, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘You Know Your Audience’: Russia’s Internet Stars Turn Away From Putin

There used to be little stigma around getting paid to extol the Russian president. Now, as his popularity ebbs with young people, online celebrities see such praise as a career wrecker.

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #instagram-inc, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #russia, #youth, #youtube-com

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